Gathering to Express Concern for Rohingya on December 4

Kuala Lumpur, 27 Safar 1438/27 November 2016 (MINA) – A major gathering will be held to express the concerns of Malaysian society over the Rohingya issue on Dec 4, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said it would be attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other leaders, including PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

According to Bernama, Ahmad Zahid urged leaders of other parties, such as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), to participate in the gathering which would be held at a location to be announced later.

“We put aside our political differences and as Muslims we gather to express our concern for our fellow Muslims in Myanmar,” he said when speaking at the launch of the ‘Jalinan Kasih Suluh Budiman’ Night organised by the Suluh Budiman Alumni Association of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) here, Saturday night.

Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia had done more than other countries over the issue of Rohingya, including providing children of the ethnic Rohingya born in the country with birth records.

“We are not belittling other countries, but we have demonstrated our deep concerns over the Rohingya issue because as fellow Muslims we can feel their sufferings,” he added.

He also urged the Malaysian society to contribute towards funds which had been set up to help the Rohingya community who were reported to be persecuted.



Protest note

In the meantime, Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia would send a protest note to the Myanmar government to demand their concern on the alleged persecution of the Rohingya community in the Rakhine region.

“A Cabinet meeting has decided to send a protest note to the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

“Indeed, according to the existing charter, we cannot interfere in the internal affairs of another country, but we want to tell them that the people of Malaysia want the Myanmar government to be concerned with the Rohingya in Myanmar,” he said.

On the call to withdraw the Nobel Peace Prize from Myanmar’s icon of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi, Ahmad Zahid said it would be discussed in the meeting on Dec 4.

“If someone who is given the award can no longer maintain peace, it (the conferment of the award) can still be questioned,” he added. (T/R07/R01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)